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Recap / Family Guy S 5 E 18 Meet The Quagmires

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Peter's wish to go out and live like a single guy again (thanks to Death) leads to an alternate reality where Lois is married to Quagmire and Peter is the husband of former Brat Pack star, Molly Ringwald.

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  • Actor Allusion: The joke about Osama bin Laden being on MADtv which is why no one can find him also references a little-known role Alex Borstein (the voice of Lois) had before Family Guy — a cast member on MADtv.
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  • Art Shift: The cutaway gag about The Jetsons is done in the show's original style.
  • Bad Future: Ultimately subverted—while the changes in Peter (and Brian's) new life are certainly very extremenote , the good things ultimately outweigh the bad things. Brian even admits to Peter, "As much I hate say to it, you not marrying Lois was the best that ever could've happened to the world." To name some of the good things in the new Alternate Timeline:
    • Al Gore became President in 2000, and he killed Osama Bin Laden with his bare hands.
    • There are flying cars that run on vegetable oil.
    • With people being much more health-conscious and President Gore having implemented Universal Healthcare, Americans are living much longer.
    • The United States also now has Zero Tolerance Gun Control and a much stronger/more well-funded educational system, which are at least two of the factors to the country now having hardly any street crime.
    • Dick Cheney (who obviously did not become Vice President in this timeline) simultaneously killed Justice Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove, and Tucker Carlson in a hunting accident.
  • Bowdlerization: The following scenes were cut/edited when aired on FOX compared to the DVD and [adult swim] version:
    • Brian's line to young Lois on FOX was "Can I WHAM! my Oingo Boingo into your Velvet Underground?"; on DVD and Adult Swim, it was "I would eat your poo"note 
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    • The scene of the 1980s collar guy challenging Brian to a fight cuts off before Brian can say anything in the FOX version; on DVD and Adult Swim, the 1980s collar guy says, "I'll fight you anytime, anywhere." Brian suggests that the two fight on September 11th 2001, at 8:00 am on top of the World Trade Center.
    • Quagmire's roleplaying game he plays with Lois on FOX is "Schoolgirl and Guy Who Has Sex with the Schoolgirl"; on DVD and Adult Swim, it's "Hide and Go Anal."
    • The parody of The Jetsons opening on the TV version (both FOX and [adult swim]) has George say, "Bull...crap" after Jane tries to explain that she's taking his entire wallet to buy groceries. On DVD, the line is "Bull...shit."
    • During the dance on the FOX version, Lois asks what's poking her and Quagmire says, "It's just my wang." On [adult swim] and the DVD, he uses the more upfront word, "penis."
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  • Brick Joke: The Jetsons cutaway ends with George sending Jane falling a long distance from the hovercar. Later, she lands next to Peter and Brian.
  • Call-Forward: At the prom, Peter accidentally bumps into his enemy, Ernie the Giant Chicken. His friend next to him tells him to let it go and that he'll probably never see Peter again.
  • The Cameo: In the final gag of the episode, Lois says she's thankful that everything is now back to normal... only for Roger from American Dad! to enter the living room asking who ate all the pecan sandies.
  • Domestic Abuse: Implied with The Jetsons parody, wherein George tries to stop Jane from taking his wallet to go shopping. As she leaves in her personal orbit vehicle, George grabs her by the wrist and yells at her for not taking the money he was allowing her, holding her wrist all the while. Moments later, as Peter is trying to summon Death, Jane crashes to the sidewalk below in front of him and Brian as the sound of George's flying car going by is heard.
  • It's All About Me: Peter does not care that virtually every aspect of life in the altered timeline is better for everybody, he wants Lois back. It doesn't matter that Lois is happy in this new timeline with a faithful Quagmire.He wants her to be happily married to him.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Molly Ringwald becomes this in the universe where she married Peter, looking about a decade older than her real age (39 in 2007). Judd Nelson also comes by and looks very decrepit.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Cleveland is dressed in Michael Jackson's Thriller outfit.
    • When a swimsuit-clad Lois enters the pool area, she's accompanied by "Mr. Night", which played in Caddyshack.
    • The episode makes many, many references to Back to the Future:
      • When Peter travels back in time to the 80s, he shares Doc Brown's incredulity that actor Ronald Reagan is the President — despite the fact that Peter should know this already because he's from the future and was alive when Reagan was in Office.
      • When Peter wakes up in the alternate future, Brian explains how Peter altered the timeline in much the same way Doc Brown explained it to Marty in the second film — even quoting Doc Brown directly (saying Peter's actions have caused them to "skew into a tangent".)
      • The entire scene at the party — with Brian filling in as the band's guitarist and playing "Earth Angel" while Peter punches out Quagmire for stealing Lois from him and kisses Lois to ensure that the future will come to pass as it should, Peter and Lois' kids reappearing in the photograph from which they'd been disappearing beforehand, and Brain following up his performance by leading the band in a song that won't exist for another few years (and a band member being revealed to be the original artist's cousin and informing him over the phone of said song) — are all lifted directly from the climax of the first movie.
  • Take That!
    • It is mentioned that Osama bin Laden was hiding within the cast of MADtv, a jab at the show not being as prominent or popular as Saturday Night Live. The joke is made funnier for two reasons: 1) MADtv got canceled in 2009 due to low ratings and FOX cutting the budget on late-night TV shows (at least until they brought in Animation Domination High Defnote ) and 2) Osama bin Laden was found and killed two years after MADtv ended.
    Quagmire: Wow, the perfect hiding spot. The one place no one would look.
    • In the alternate reality, Peter and Brian decide that it's a Bad Future when they hear that Chevy Chase is the host of The Tonight Show.
    • When Brian plays Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" at the party in 1984 — before the song was officially released — we get a band member making a familiar phone call:
      Hey Rick, it's your cousin Marvin. Marvin Astley! You know that generic, mediocre sound you been looking for? Well listen to this!
    • When he comes to bring Peter back to the present, Death mirthfully informs Molly Ringwald that he'll be back for her career in a little while.
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